Crimped Hair Is Making A Comeback & Here’s How To Get The Look

by Emily Estep
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The right hair crimper can do a lot more than just help you nail an '80s dance night hairdo. With the best hair crimpers, you can create cool, modern looks that won't damage your hair or cost you a fortune.

Although they may be most often associated with the 1980s, crimpers have been making a comeback for few years. From the runway to IRL, creative beauties are finding ways to make crimped hair feel modern, edgy, and — dare I say — even sophisticated. Whether you want to add texture to a sleek high pony tail or you want to go wild with carefree zig-zag waves, a crimper can create a variety of styles. Or hey, if you're not ready to go full-on Lizzie McGuire quite yet, you can simply use a crimper to give your roots extra volume.

When looking for hair crimpers, remember that different sized plates will create different looks; choose a smaller plate for a more textured-look and a wider plate if you want more definition. As with all hot tools, it's also important to choose quality materials, like ceramic or tourmaline, that can help reduce heat damage and leave your hair looking and feeling smooth and shiny.

We scored you a head start on your search, with these hair crimpers that cover a range of hair types, so you can embrace your inner Topanga Lawrence.


This Hair Crimper That Amazon Users Swear By

Gold N' Hot Gold Tone Crimping Iron, $28, Amazon

With hundreds of stellar reviews on Amazon, this crimper is a safe bet. It has two-inch plates that can style larger chunks of hair. Its well-suited to crimp thicker, longer hair, and to crimp ponytails and top-knots for fun updos. One Amazon user raved, "I have long hair, and it probably took 15 minutes to crimp my entire head."


This High-Quality Crimper That's Worth Investing In

H2Pro Allegro Styling Flat Iron, $95, Amazon

If you're serious about crimping, this hair crimper is worth the investment. It has two-inch wide, tourmaline-treated plates heat up to 410 degrees Fahrenheit, so it's an excellent option for anyone with thicker, longer hair.


This 1-Inch Hair Crimper For Teasing Hair

Bed Head Little Tease Hair Crimper, $22, Amazon

This hair crimper has narrow one-inch crimped plates that make it excellent for pumping up your roots and adding texture to your hair. The iron heats up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit to lock in the crimps while the tourmaline ceramic technology keeps your hair smooth and shiny.


This Super Tiny Hair Crimper For Creating Texture

Bed Head Travel Mini Hair Crimper, $19, Amazon

This travel hair crimper measures in at a mere half-inch wide and creates tiny crimps. Don't be fooled by its small size though, this iron heats up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.


This 4-in-1 Crimper That Straightens Hair, Too

Abody, 4-in-1 Hair Straightener Hair Crimper Waver, $33, Amazon

If you're on the fence about committing to a crimper this convertible iron offers a little more versatility. It includes three different wave plates to create a variety of styles as well as standard flat iron plates for straightening hair. All four sets of plates are ceramic to ensure even heat distribution and are infused with tourmaline for a smooth shiny finish.

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